My ministers have declared their assets...Akufo-Addo

March 18, 2017
Source: thebftonline.com/Ghana
My ministers have declared their assets...Akufo-Addo

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has indicated that all the 36 individuals he has appointed as ministers have declared their assets to the Auditor Generals department.

Reacting to concerns expressed about the size of his government in an interview with GTV on Friday, 17 March, he said: “All 36 Ministers that I appointed have declared their assets.”

He also added that: “I don’t believe that my government in the Fourth Republic has big numbers in view of the swollen challenges.”

According to him, the problems facing Ghana are huge, thus the need for the number of ministerial appointments to fix the country's challenges.

“We have a problem and what is the best way? It is better to have men and women capable of serving the nation’s interests and to work to grow the economy… If I succeed, you will soon find out the brouhaha is nothing compared to the success,” President Akufo-Addo said to justify his 110 ministers.

“I don’t believe that any government in the fourth republic has inherited the challenges that my government has inherited.

“We are talking about a country with a 74 per cent GDP-to-debt ratio, a GHS2.4 billion debt overhang in the energy sector, persistent decline in growth rate, lowest rate of 2.6 per cent growth rate in the agricultural sector over the past 20 years, widespread unemployment, the major issue of corruption and the persistent leakage of revenue in our system.

“We need the cooperation of my party and my country that will allow me to deal with all these issues and already the signs are that this government, in spite of these huge challenges, has begun to put some order in the circumstances of our country.”